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The No. 2 and No. 3 foot-hold
traps also are used with both lure and
bait such as small twigs of poplar, red
osier or willow. For a front foot catch,
a foot-hold trap is placed under an inch
or so of water at the edge of the stream.
Dead logs and branches are used as
guides to direct the beaver to the trap
in front of the bait or scent. The foot
trap should be attached to a drowning
wire, a long piece of cable or wire. One
end is anchored on the bank, the other
in 3 to 4 feet of water. Then the wire is
stretched taut and tied to a feed sack
full of heavy rocks or cement blocks.
The trap chain has a one-way swivel on
the end that is designed to slide down
the wire as the beaver dives for the
safety of deeper water. The beaver will
expire quickly when it cannot return
to shallow water.

After the catch
Let's say your luck holds out; you find

locations with beavers, get trapping
permission and catch some beavers the
first night you set. You decide you want
to skin them and a friend has told you
he would let you borrow his fleshing
board, knives and equipment to process
the pelts. Your work has just begun.
If you're planning to eat the beavers,
you should skin them as soon as possible. Beaver meat is delicious. I have
had it roasted, made it into barbecue
for sandwiches and as jerky. Once the
pelt is off the carcass, bone out the meat
just like you would other game animals.
Before removing the meat, you may
also want to remove the castor glands
and oil sacks, which can be sold or used
to make your own lures.
The next steps are fleshing, boarding and drying the pelt. You'll need
to decide whether you will sell your
pelts or get them tanned. The best
plan might be to have an experienced
beaver trapper show you how to remove

A sure sign of beaver activity is a well-constructed lodge and a food cache of fresh branches
leading out into deeper water.

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